DAILY FILE – A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital,has declared,Mr. Hingah Biem,as winner of the gubernatorial primaries of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) held on October 1st 2018.
Delivering the judgement on Thursday 17th January 2019, the presiding judge, Justice G.O Olajowun, in her ruling said Hingah Biem, having fulfilled all the requirements of the SDP in line with the extant electoral laws is qualified in every ramification to represent the party in the March 2019 general elections.
The court directed that the first defendant and third defendant cease to parade the third defendant as the party’s candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial elections in Benue state.
The court also ordered the second defendant to strike out the name of the third defendant if the second defendant has already listed and recognised the name of the third defendant as the candidate of the first defendant for the 2019 general elections for governorship.
The court also ordered the first defendant, SDP, to forward the name of the plaintiff, to the second defendant,INEC, as the duely nominated and selected candidate of the first defendant as the party candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial elections in the state.
Justice Olajowun, however, ordered the third defendant,Dr. Stephen Hwande, to cease parading himself as the gubernatorial candidate of the SDP in Benue state.
Reacting to the judgement, Hingah Biem, described it as a victory for democracy and social justice. He regretted the time wasted on litigation, describing it as an unnecessary distraction.
Biem called on all party faithfuls to wake up and double their efforts in educating the Benue electorate.
On his part, Hingah Biem’s running mate, Daniel Alpha Otache, described the court ruling as an act of God and the victory of truth over falsehood.
While appreciating everyone who stood by them throughout the period,Otache, called on SDP members to join forces with the Hingah Biem rescue mission as nobody is a looser in the case.
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